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Spanish 2

Mrs. Jacyln McClintock                                                      

Walters Junior High School, Room 14                                    

Email: jmcclintock@fremont.k12.ca.us

Phone: 510-656-7211 Ext #28014 

                    

COURSE DESCRIPTION

¡Bienvenidos!  This is a year long class in Spanish emphasizing listening, speaking, reading and writing that builds upon the structures learned in Spanish 1. This course utilizes students’ visual, aural and kinesthetic skills and will continue to expand students’ knowledge of Spanish/Hispanic cultures through film, pictures, videos, technology and various classroom activities.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The objective of this course is to enable the student to build upon grammatical structures and vocabulary acquired in the first level in order to turn students into proficient readers, writers and speakers of Spanish. The communicative approach of the class will be achieved by means of comprehensible inputs, comprehensible checks, small group cooperative learning, independent practices and presentations. Emphasis on more advanced structures of grammar, vocabulary and oral expression is intended to carry on the study of the language. In addition, this course will continue to encourage an appreciation of the differences and similarities between American and Spanish/Hispanic cultures.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Be present and participate daily.
  • Turn in all homework and assignments on time. No late work will be accepted except for excused absences. No partial credit will be offered (see absences policy on next page).
  • Complete all written, speaking, reading, and listening assessments.
  • Stay organized; keep all materials in a separate binder for Spanish class.

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  • Textbook, En Español 2, McDougal Littell, 2004
  • Workbook, En Español 2, McDougal Littell, 2004
  • Walters school agenda
  • Binder paper, pencil, pen, and red pen
  • 3-ring binder with the following labeled dividers (minimum):
    • Actividad Diaria (Daily Activity)
    • Hojas de referencia/Apuntes (Handouts/Notes)
    • Tareas Corregidas (Corrected Work)
    • Pruebas & Exámenes (Quizzes & Tests)
    • Diario (Journal)

 

WISH LIST

We greatly appreciate all donations made to our classroom! A voluntary donation of $3.00 is appreciated. Please make checks payable to Walters Junior High School.

 

CLASSROOM RULES

Learning a world language involves a great deal of risk-taking, therefore, it is vital to collectively cultivate and maintain a comfortable environment where everyone is able to share willingly. In order to achieve this and maximize students learning, students are expected to

  • Show respect.
  • Make good decisions.
  • Solve Problems.

Appropriate consequences will be given according to the progressive discipline policy outlined in the Walters student agenda.


EVALUATION

I will be using School Loop to provide information about student grades and assignments. I will use the automatic calling system Bright Arrow to send phone/email messages when your child misses homework assignments and to convey important class news. I also have an active web page on the Walters School website.

All grades will be based on a total accumulation of points in each category:

  • Homework
  • Classwork
  • Oral presentations/Participation
  • Projects/Written Assignments
  • Quizzes & Tests

 The standard grading scale is:

            90-100%          =          A

            80-89%            =          B

            70-79%            =          C

            60-69%            =          D

            59% & below   =          F


PARTICIPATION / ABSENCES

Daily participation and attendance is required and expected.

  • It is each student’s responsibility to communicate with me for make up work upon return from an excused absence.  You are responsible for all information discussed in class.
  • A student with an EXCUSED absence will have as many days to make up work as they were absent.  A student with an UNEXCUSED absence WILL NOT be permitted to make up work or exams.

 

MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS

  • Daily Activity:  In class assignment completed in the first 5 minutes of the period.  Students copy agenda from board and are given a review exercise to complete that must be kept in their Spanish binders.  Teacher checks work by “stamping” each assignment.
  • Daily Homework:  Homework assignments given in class on a daily basis.  Must be turned in at the beginning of the period and kept in Spanish workbooks or binders.  Teacher checks workbook by “stamping” each assignment.
  • Journal:  Journal writing assignments in Spanish completed in class.  Must be kept in Spanish binder. 
  • Oral Presentations: Students will prepare and make oral presentations regularly. Students will receive their own grades (based on vocabulary, accuracy, pronunciation and fluency) whether they are presented individually, in pairs or small groups.
  • Projects: Students will have semester projects and others as assigned. Detailed descriptions and requirements will be given in class. In order to receive a grade, students must follow ALL steps as outlined by the teacher.
  • Quizzes & Exams: Students will have an assessment every week on a rotating schedule (one week they will be given a quiz followed by a chapter test the next week).


CONTACT INFORMATION

I will do my best to reply to emails within 24 hours.  The best time to reach me by phone is in the afternoons after lunch time during 5th and 6th periods.  For individual meetings please make arrangements with me in advance as my schedule varies week to week due to meetings and other obligations. 

 

Let’s have a great year!  It is my hope you will have a gratifying learning experience in my classroom.  Your active engagement and thoughtful contributions to class activities and discussions will greatly enhance your chances for success.  

                                                                                                                    - Señora McClintock